Clonazepam Safety

Clonazepam (Klonopin®) is a prescription drug licensed to treat panic disorder and epileptic seizures. It is important that you let your healthcare provider know if you have liver or kidney disease, glaucoma, or depression before he or she prescribes you this medicine. Safety information for clonazepam should also be reviewed with your healthcare provider before treatment begins.
As a controlled substance, clonazepam can cause psychological and physical dependence and has the potential to be abused. There are special rules and regulations for prescribing and dispensing it. Clonazepam is generally not recommended for people with a history of alcohol or drug abuse (see Klonopin Addiction).
Before you begin treatment with clonazepam, you should also be aware of the side effects that may occur with this medicine. Some of the most common side effects that were reported during clinical studies include drowsiness, dizziness, behavior problems, upper respiratory tract infections, and coordination problems. While most side effects of clonazepam are mild and do not require medical attention, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience:
  • Depression (or worsening of existing depression)
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Memory problems
  • Anxiety, excitation, or agitation
  • Hallucinations.
(Click Clonazepam Side Effects and Precautions and Warnings With Clonazepam for more safety information, including a list of other side effects or complications that may occur with the use of this drug.)
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